You are cordially invited to Bells of Hope, one of Connecticut's statewide National Adoption Month initiatives.

It is a weekend where faith communities can partner with the Child Welfare System by raising your community's voices in prayer for all the Connecticut children waiting for permanent homes.

Why should you support this effort? Too many foster children in our country wait far too long for permanent families. In fact, nationally, there are over 107,000 children in the foster care system awaiting a family. Some of these children will never be adopted and will "age out". Of those who age out, approximately 50 percent of them eventually experience homelessness or become incarcerated. Most will never finish high school and many of the girls will end up becoming single mothers, repeating the cycle of poverty, abuse and addiction that brought them into care. Join forces with Pastors Todd and Leslie Foster and the people of Church on the Rock in a Christhonoring time of worship, prayer, and information sharing. You and your congregations are welcome to come be with us in this community-wide event. The public is also welcome. Joining us for the evening will be: ~Commissioner Katz, Commissioner of DCF ~Ken Mysogland, Director of Office of Foster Care and Adoption ~Gary Doyens will give a testimonial about his experience as a foster/adoptive child (Gary is the husband of Jocelyn Maminta, News Channel 8 Reporter) ~Rebecca Iannantuoni, Adoptive Parent will lead our name ceremony

When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 Time: Candlelight Vigil and Service, 6:00 p.m. Meet the Commissioner and Refreshments 7:00 p.m. Where: Church on the Rock 95 Hamilton Street New Haven, CT. 06511 (203) 498-2687 RSVP’s are not required For more information, please call Jacqueline Ford at 203-641-5710 or email her at jacqueline.ford@ct.gov

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